Special thanks to The Holifields for providing this tubular recap of Far Out Fest. Words by Newell Allison. Photos by Charlie Boss.
Photo: Walker Godfrey
"For the last few years, the psychedelic rock scene has been burgeoning, and it's no secret that the southeast is home to some of the finest psych rock bands out there. Far Out Fest is the first annual psychedelic music festival hosted right here in the southeast. And on May 11th and 12th in Nashville TN, psychedelic rock fans were treated to an unforgettable weekend of electrifying music. This year, the event was hosted at the Mercy lounge and High Watt, with each band alternating stages so fans could be sure to catch every set. And with this year's lineup, there wasn't a single band you'd have wanted to miss.
Far Out Fest 2018 boasted an extraordinary lineup of high-octane psych bands such as Electric Citizen, Nest Egg, and Wet Piss. Although, the lineup also featured solo performers, such as Wu Fei and Diatom Deli. The festival highlighted a broad spectrum of performers, each with their own distinct sound and style.
Electric Citizen // Photo: Charlie Boss
However, the incredible lineup wasn’t the only thing Far Out Fest 2018 had to offer. The festival also featured a cosmic market with vendors such as Draconis AracaNum, as well as art installations by a number of local artists. But what made this festival truly unforgettable was the visuals.
Southern Demon Herd // Photo: Charlie Boss
Far Out Market // Photo: Charlie Boss
As soon as you walked in to the Mercy Lounge, you were immediately immersed in the psychedelic atmosphere created by the live visual projections. Each light show was a uniquely mind-bending performance of its own, created using completely analog methods. The visuals were, of course, provided by NASHVILLE LOCAL LIGHT SHOW ARTISTS. Many festivals use visuals to enhance the music, but Far Out Fest has mastered the craft, and this year was only the first year of many more to come.
Kari Ames // Photo: Charlie Boss
Festival coordinator Kari Ames says she 'was blown away by the flow state reached at the fest' and that 'next year will be full immersion.' The festival is only going to keep growing, so we can all be sure the next year's festival will have an even bigger and better turnout. So, be sure to mark your calendars and keep and eye out for next year's lineup. If next year is anything like this year, prepare for an experience you'll never forget."
A Drug Called Tradition // Photo: Charlie Boss
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